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sardine salad with grapes

Contributed by: Deborah Hayes blog 08/03/2005Added: Feb 15, 2008 at 09:27 AM


As I think about it, were all 5 flavors represented? Sweet - the red grapes, Sour - the lemon, Pungent - the onion, Salty - the sea salt and the sardines, Bitter - the sesame seed (tahini). Someone once told me that if all 5 flavors were represented within a meal, then all major organs within the body have been nourished. (A Chinese philosophy, I suppose?) Obviously, I am no expert. But I can say one thing - That was one healthy lunch!

Best Used By Blood Types:
  • Type A (6 beneficials)
  • Type A Non Secretor (3 beneficials)
  • Type O (3 beneficials)
  • Type O Non Secretor (5 beneficials)
  • Salad
  • one can of sardines in olive oil or water
  • two ribs of celery
  • handful of parsley
  • lemon juice
  • red onion
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • tahini (1 - 2 Tablespoons)
  • sea salt
  • red grapes
How to make it:
  1. Dice the celery, parsley and 1/4 red onion.
  2. Drain and mash the sardines.
  3. Add it all together along with salt, tahini and lemon juice. Mash very well and adjust flavors to taste. (I added a little extra salt and lemon juice.) The tahini has a slight bitter aftertaste - so mix well or use a little less.
  4. With some simple red grapes on the side, this was very satisfying.

BTD Core Ingredients Analysis:

NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Onion (Red/Spanish/Yellow/Whit...1 ,2 B B N N N B B B
Garlic1 ,2 B N B B N B N B
Sesame Butter/Tahini2 N N A A A A N N
Celery/ Celery Juice2 ,3 B N B B N N N N
Sardine2 B B B B B B N B
Grape (all)1 ,2 ,3 ,4 N N B B B B N N
Parsley2 B N B B B B B B
Sea Salt2 N N N N N N N N

BTD Variations and Substitutions Analysis:

Oil Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Olive Oil1 ,2 B B B B B B B B

[1] This recipe uses ingredients rich in lignans.
[2] This recipe uses ingredients which may help limit bacterial overgrowth.
[3] This recipe uses ingredients which may be high in pesticides.
[4] This recipe uses ingredients which may be high in chitinase, an allergen.

  • This recipe is low in common allergens.
  • This recipe is gluten free.
  • This recipe uses ecologically friendly ingredients.

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    Revision History:
    • Revised Feb 16, 2008 at 01:32 PM By: Rodney